Have you ever considered the sacrifice that Joseph, the fiancee of Mary, made in staying with the mother of Jesus? Nazareth was a small town. People would talk. What was the gossip? Did everyone assume the baby was in fact Joseph’s? Was it thought that there was another father, meaning Joseph was ridiculed for marrying this defiled woman and raising her illegitimate son as his own? Did Joseph’s carpentry business suffer from this choice?

Whether these things happened or not the Bible does not say. But, we can assume Joseph feared these and many other consequences if he stayed with Mary. Yet, stay he did. Not for love of this young woman, but out of obedience to God Almighty. In the face of certain ridicule, potential ostracism, and even persecution Joseph chose God’s will and not his own.

This sermon is based on Matthew 1:18-25.